Southern Cross


Southern Cross Lake Koorkoordine Attractions

Aboriginal for meat (Koorkoor) and place of (dine). Due to the water and wind erosion over the years some very interesting miniature caves, cliffs and bays are to be discovered.

On the Bullfinch Road, just north of the lake, you can identify the quarry site, used to supply foundations for a proposed air training school. The school never eventuated. However $60,000 worth of engine bed foundations in the middle of a wheat field adjacent to Southern Cross are the remaining proof of the unfinished project. 

Address:

Turkey Hill Road, Southern Cross, 6426

Phone: 0890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Hunts Soak Attractions

As wells were established along what became known as Hunts Track, later called the Old York Road, these watering holes signposted the way to the future of the Eastern Goldfields. Hunt located a number of aboriginal water holes and native springs.

Address:

Turkey Hill Road, Southern Cross, 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Wimmera Hill Attractions

Featuring a large cement monument with a pick and shovel to represent the early mining settlers in the district, and a scythe and rake depicting the farming industry in the Yilgarn.

Address: 70 Canopus St, Southern Cross WA 6426


Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Yilgarn History Museum Attractions

Visit the earliest Registrar’s Office in Western Australia and the courthouse, now the Museum, built in 1892.

Southern Cross, standing as it does, where the Agricultural areas meet the Mining regions, is in unique position, and its History Museum contains a collection of artefacts, records and memorabilia from both areas.

Address: 28 Antares Street, Southern Cross 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

Website: www.yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Vultee Vengeance Attractions

An RAAF Vultee Vengeance dive bomber went missing on a training flight from Pearce near Perth. The plane had apparently become lost and run out of fuel.

Address: King-Ingram Rd, Mount Holland WA 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Golden Valley Knutsford Attractions

Named not from gold but from the “Golden Scrub Wattle” which covers the slopes of the valley. Township of Knutsford – this is where it began in 1887 with the find of gold reef, paving the way to Southern Cross and other finds within the Yilgarn.

Address:

Mount Jackson Rd, Bullfinch WA 6484

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Karalee Dam Attractions

Karalee Dam is located off the Great Eastern Highway 34 km east of Southern Cross.

Karalee Dam was constructed to provide water for slow steam trains en route to Kalgoorlie. The site was chosen mainly because of the granite outcrop; with rain the outcrop becomes a natural catchment area. Construction between 1896–1897, its capacity 10.6 million gallons, 1487 feet above sea level and 25 feet in depth. Retaining walls of granite slab, all cut from the top of the rock and laid by hand, surround the enormous rock catchment.

This enables the water to flow off the rock into the dam via a large semi-circular aqueduct of steel, hand riveted at each joint, which is still in very good condition considering its age and the natural harsh elements. To reflect upon the unbelievable manual labour and horsepower involved in this construction, is well worth the journey.

Karalee includes a caravan dump point, toilet facilities and large camping grounds with fire pits for cooking.

Address: Karalee Rocks, Yellowdine WA 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Pioneer Trek Attractions

Follow in the tracks of our early pioneers and their search for gold

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Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross New Zealand Gully Dam Attractions

Water, or lack of it was the curse of early Southern Cross.

Between 1888 & 1894 the only source of water to service an ever expanding town was obtained from rock holes, soaks, what ran off theroof of the houses or from the condensers around the lake.

As the railway reached Southern Cross in 1894, water was carted via rail from Northam some 260kms to the west, this was meant to be atemporary measure. As the population swelled the government considered it necessary for a large dam to be built. This led to the New Zealand Gully Dam site being selected, due to the considered good run off from the hills alongside. 

In 1903 the goldfields pipeline reached Southern Cross (a great ceremony was conducted with the turning on of the firstwater tap).
The New Zealand Gully Dam lay dormant until 1980, when the area was sold to a local farmer who restored the dam into working order, with great foresight he introduced Marron and fish stock with moderate success. Eventually with mining becoming more prominent the area was sold to a mining company.

Address: Southern Cross South Road, Southern Cross 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Government Dam Attractions

Government Dam is on the Bullfinch Road adjacent to the turn off for Hunts Soak. The discovery of gold set off a chain reaction which in space of 2 years placed the public Works Department under extremepressure to provide even the most basic water supplies to the area. Hunts Soaks were not enough with an ever expanding population. Along with the rapid development of the eastern railway it was also necessary to establish a good water supply for the locomotives.

In this area, constructed simple in a rock out crop with natural catchment, is one such basic water supply. As well as the railway’s use it supplemented water for stock, horses and men during the boom years. It still contains water today.

Address:

Bullfinch Road, Southern Cross 6426

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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Southern Cross Frog Rock Attractions

Situated in the Yilgarn Shire 25km south east off the Great Eastern Highway from Parker Rd out from Moorine Rock, Frog Rock is a popular picnic spot. A small dam is located beneath a wave rock formation. There is a fine stand of gimlet on the road into the site and wildflowers abound in the spring.

Address: Frog Rock Nature Reserve, Dulyalbin WA 6425

Phone: 890491001

Email: yilgarn@yilgarn.wa.gov.au

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